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Monday, August 18, 2014

A Dream To Run!

Training for my first half-marathon
I've always wanted to run in a race, but I'm not really sure why. The idea has always sounded good to me.

In years past I've set my sights on a race I wanted to run, trained for two weeks, three maybe, then summer would come and it would get too hot outside to run, so I'd stop.

The next year? Same thing.

So much for running a race.

But then I started doing PiYo, a workout by Chalene Johnson that combines Pilates and Yoga, and after about a month I started to feel stronger. Before long the idea of running a race entered my mind again.

Ironically, I married a man who has always wanted to run a marathon. Jake says it's been on his bucket list for years, but, like me, has never had the focus to summon the determination. But this past spring he begin doing Insanity—a workout by Sean T.—and he really got into it.

We started talking about running a race together—maybe not a full marathon, but perhaps a 5k or a half marathon. One day the two of us went for a run together to see how our new and improved bodies liked to idea of running. We were amazed at the east in which we were both able to run a mile. Woot-woot! Yay us! A whole mile!

We were pumped. So we did what anyone would do after successfully running a mile—we signed up for a half marathon.

When you're done laughing I'll continue.



I had seen a friend of mine post that she was creating a team to run in the CHaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth) Hero run on October 26, 2014. We signed up to be a part of her team and even talked my younger sister Erica into joining us.

The three of us are on a training schedule now that includes a mixture of distance running and cross training—along with my PiYo and Jake's Insanity we should be ripped and ready to go come race time!

I tell you all of this for two reasons:

  1. Telling people about my journey has helped keep me accountable. Working out with Jake and staying in touch every day with members of my Challenge Group keeps me focused and motivated. Too often when we keep our dreams and goals to ourselves it's easy to put them off and forget about them.

  2. I am not a runner, but I am becoming one. I have found that through some hard work and dedication it is possible to achieve the things that you want to do.

Furthermore, the CHaD Hero race goes to support a worthy cause. All the money raised helps families receive the medical services their children need, whether or not they can afford them. So, if you would like to support me, Jake, or Erica, just click our names below to be taken to our fundraising pages. Our team goal is $3,000!




Stay tuned in the coming weeks and months for an update on our training for the CHaD Hero!

Dani the Fat Gurl Inside

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